1617, Netherlands, West Friesland. Silver Lion Daalder (Dog Dollar) Coin. F-VF!
Mint Year: 1617 Reference: Davenport 4870, KM-14.2. Mint Place: Enkhuizen (West Friesland) Denomination: Lion Dollar / Dog Dollar (Leeuwendaalder in Dutch), also 48 Stuiver Condition: Badly corroded, cleaned with some dark oxidation deposits remained, otherwise F-VF! Weight: 26.20gm Diameter: 41mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Standing knight left, head right, in front of his legs arms shield bearing a standing lion (West Fresland). Legend: MO · ARG · PRO · CON - FOE · BELG · WESTF
Reverse: Heraldic dutch lion left with long ornate S-like tail. Legend: CONFIDENS · DNO · NON · MOVETVR · 1617 (privy mark: lily)
Lion dollars were usually produced from thin planchets that did not fully fill the thickness of the dies, thus they were often weakly struck.
The lion dollar circulated throughout the Middle East and was imitated in several German and Italian cities. It was also popular in the Dutch East Indies as well as in the Dutch New Netherlands Colony (New York). The lion dollar also circulated throughout the English colonies during the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth centuries. Examples circulating in the colonies were usually fairly well worn so that the design was not fully distinguishable, thus they were sometimes referred to as "dog dollars."
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